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National TV ad showcases broad public support for marriage equality

Friday, March 22, 2013
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The Respect for Marriage Coalition on Friday unveiled the latest in a series of national television ads aimed at showcasing the broad public support for the freedom to marry.

The ad, titled “Journey,” comes on the heels of several high-profile endorsements from bipartisan officials and polling showing that a majority of Americans support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, 58 percent of voters nationally support the freedom to marry, including 81 percent of voters under 30.

“Journey” reflects the growing support and evolving views of many Americans who have come to believe that discrimination against loving and committed gay and lesbian couples is wrong, says the Coalition.

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“Journey” features real people talking about supporting the freedom to marry for relatives and friends who are gay, including the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral and Episcopal priest for more than 35 years.

Hall speaks out in the ad for gay and lesbian members in his ministry. Under his leadership, the National Cathedral announced earlier this year it would allow gay and lesbian weddings inside this historic church.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition’s $150K ad buy will launch during network Sunday shows this Sunday, March 24 and run through the following weekend on national cable and networks.

The coalition is led by the group Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

The campaign is also supported by major unions, including the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, and other diversity groups and advocacy organizations.

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